Why I Volunteer Spotlight: Anita Burrell

Anita Burrell
HBA West Chester president

Day job: consultant 

Why I volunteer?
I have been very lucky in my life to meet some amazing and inspiring people who have had a big influence on my career by opening up my mind to different opportunities that I may not have considered. Sometimes these were people you would expect, like teachers and mentors, but I can also think of a number of co-workers or colleagues outside of my immediate organization who have played this role. When I came across the HBA I realized that this association provided a supportive framework to continue meeting new people and being inspired by others, particularly women in senior leadership roles, through a collaborative environment. The best way to get the most from the HBA is to become involved since it offers higher visibility and more opportunities to network. I would encourage all our members to think about how they want to develop and look for volunteer roles in the association as a way to move to the next level.

What do I get out of it?
To put it bluntly - a whole heck of a lot. I have had the chance to make good friends across the different chapters and healthcare companies, meeting some incredibly strong women along the way. In my day job as a consultant, I am viewed as an expert in my field and a leader. Being the president of HBA West Chester gives me the opportunity to leverage these skills, but at the same time, I am learning from some of the best experts on topics such as capabilities development, gender parity and thought leadership. I love the commitment and drive to advance women in the field of healthcare and look forward to the next steps the organization will take to raise awareness and create conversation around important business benefits of gender parity.